The UK government has announced that it will invest £20 million in the country’s creative industries, with some of that investment earmarked for the games industry.
The announcement, made by Creative Industries Minister Margo James, states that £14 million of investment will be channelled into a new Creative Careers Programme, which will: “See leading industry figures working with schools and colleges to raise awareness of employment opportunities in the sector, reaching more than 160,000 students by 2020. Around 2 million young people will be able to access better advice about pursuing creative careers.”
In addition, there will be: “A £4 million programme to help scale up creative enterprises in the West of England, Greater Manchester and the West Midlands – helping creative businesses to access finance and translate their ideas into investment.” And: “£2 million to continue the successful ‘Get it Right’ campaign with industry until 2021 – helping to educate consumers on the dangers of copyright infringement and direct them to legitimate sources of creative content online.”
As far as the games industry is concerned, the amount of government investment will be considerably smaller, consisting of: “£200,000 investment to upscale the Digital Schoolhouse programme being delivered by games trade body Ukie – inspiring the next generation of game creators, growing the programme to 50 schools by September 2019 and reaching an extra 7,000 pupils next academic year.” And: “£190,000 to the UK Games Fund to build on the new Pitch Development Programme. This helps promising companies gain industry support to receive UK Games Fund grants of £25,000.”
Speaking to GamesIndustry.biz, Ukie CEO Dr Jo Twist said: “It’s critical that we solve the creative and digital skills gap in the UK. Digital Schoolhouse is an inclusive and essential programme that gives inspiring training and accessible tools as well as confidence to educators. Crucially, it helps equip the next generation with creative computing literacy and valuable transferable skills to become part of the digital creative workforce of the future. With this valuable support, the programme can extend its reach and impact.”
For further information, keep an eye on the Ukie website.